unixknight Posted December 28, 2014 Report Share Posted December 28, 2014 Thanks for sharing that. I think I'd heard of that study some years ago but had forgotten about it. I was once debating a subject like this and someone said "Cops are like everybody else, they will make mistakes just as much as everybody else, so this is a non-issue." To which I responded that that isn't good enough. Police officers have a variety of authority and powers that I, as an ordinary citizen, do not. They can carry guns anywhere they want, they can make arrests, they can carry police issue pepper spray, they can block traffic, etc. That means they have to be the best of us. They have to be the most trustworthy, most honorable, most level headed. I agree that the uniform may have the impact you described in the prison guard experiment, so we need people who can resist that (if it can be resisted.) The trouble is too many people are unwilling to look at it objectively. The hero-worship causes a confirmation bias that leads people to minimize and even ignore the obvious problems. That, in turn causes people to galvanize, roughly along political lines, and it becomes just another deadlocked issue. Backroads and jerome1232 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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